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Submissions for the 2023 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival are now open.



Morning Hike Deadline: November 7, 2022

Scavenger Hunt Deadline: December 1, 2022

Dodgeball Deadline: December 27, 2022

Capture the Flag Deadline: January 19, 2023

Talent Show Deadline: February 13, 2023

Dinner Bell Deadline: March 9, 2023

Stargazing Deadline: April 3, 2023

S’mores & Ghost Stories Deadline: April 27, 2023


Dramatic Short

Documentary Short

Experimental Short

Comedy Short

Genre Short

Animated Short

Super Short Film (Under 5 Minutes)**

Local Short




We DO NOT require premiere status and will consider shorts which have been made available for online viewing.

Every submitted film will be viewed in its entirely by member(s) of our selection team.

** Shorts vying for the "best super short film" must have credits rolling by 4:59. If your credits sequence pushes your film past 5:00, please submit it in its appropriate category (i.e., animation, comedy, drama, etc...). It will still be considered for the super short award.

Directors living in Southern California are eligible for the local film award.

Students are welcome and should include school information in their cover letter.

All submitted material must be the original work of the author(s) aside from copyrighted music (which we accept).

Music videos, screen-dance, and experimentally constructed films should be submitted under the experimental category. Music videos may be spec.

We accept material from anywhere in the world. All submitted material must be in English or with English subtitles.

Entry fees are non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for any reason.

Contest applicants must accept without reservations the decisions rendered by the competition.

We do not provide screening fees.

In 2022 we provided traveling stipends for select visiting filmmakers. We will make our best efforts to expand upon this offering in 2023. However, Salute Your Shorts Film Festival cannot guarantee lodging or travel stipends. We will put traveling filmmakers in touch with affordable options if requested.

Upon invitation, participants will be contacted via email by the Print Traffic Coordinator with format confirmation, exhibition details, and delivery instructions.

We have the right to NOT award in any category if we are unable to make a selection based on our panels scores.

This year, we are accepting films completed on or after January 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact

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